J.K. Rowling Makes a Magical Addition to her Wizarding World

A Fantastic Beasts Review

Bradley Ritterbrush, Staff Writer

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Prequel to the Harry Potter series Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them is the newest addition to J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World. It is set in 1926 New York, seventy years before Harry Potter was born and his parents killed. This newbie is set to have five other movies pertaining to the lead up of the rise of the Dark Lord Voldemort.

The beginning of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is actually quite slow, but eventually makes pace. At first you get a burst of nostalgia realizing you are actually watching a Harry Potter movie, and then you realize you’re not. You see, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is aimed more towards adults and is darker than the original Harry Potter Series. This is fine. In fact, it’s excellent. During Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, the first two Harry Potter movies, they were both aimed towards children. In Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them we see evidence of domestic abuse and graphic deaths, it is dark for a first entry movie into the Wizarding World, and the movies are only going to get darker as they move forward.

Mary Lou (Samantha Morton) orders the kids of the orphanage to hand out their leaflets of propaganda for the Second Salem. She is a crazed “mother” or “caretaker” of an orphanage. Mary Lou is trying to inform the New York public of the witches and wizards in New York. Credence (Ezra Miller), is one of the older orphans who is severely beaten by Mary Lou because Credence’s mother was a wizard and Mary Lou is trying to beat it out of him. Percival Graves (Colin Farrell), is trying to get to the little girl orphan named Modesty (Faith Wood-Blagrove), because Graves thinks she is a Obscurus. An Obscurus is an insanely dark and magical entity capable of leveling cities and destroying lives as we know it. Graves is offering Credence a place in the magical community, in exchange for Modesty. In the events leading up to Graves finally being able to capture Modesty, he disrespects Credence by calling him a “Squib”. Credence gets angry and come to find out turns himself into a Obscurus. He then destroys half of the city of New York revealing the American Wizarding World to Muggles or No-Majs. Newt Scamander then helps kill Credence alongside the Magical Congress of the United States of America. Graves then turns around to attack MACUSA, but Newt Scamander ties up Graves with a binding curse. This then reveals that Graves is actually Grindelwald (Johnny Depp).

I give Fantastic Beasts a solid 8 out 10 stars. I really enjoyed this movie, but the plot can kind of be hard to follow during the movie. I am also really disappointed in the animation in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Although all the monsters and creatures had excellent colors that were really nice to look at, they just had way too much CGI.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has a score of 75% on Rotten Tomatoes, 7.8/10 stars on IMDb, and 4/5 stars on Common Sense Media. It had a budget of $180 million, and ranked in a Domestic Total of $183,080,514 and a Worldwide Total of $607,480,514. With these numbers and the overall essence of the movie, those to follow show great hope.

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J.K. Rowling Makes a Magical Addition to her Wizarding World